Wall Collapse Kills Dozens of Wedding Guests

Police in India arrest building owner
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2017 1:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – India Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he is "pained beyond words" by a disaster that killed dozens of people at a wedding in Rajasthan state Wednesday. Authorities say at least 25 people were killed and nearly 30 others injured after a dust storm hit as hundreds of people were dining outside, the Telegraph reports. As guests sought shelter inside, an 80-foot-long wall in the wedding hall collapsed onto them, trapping many people in debris. Police say the building owner is being questioned on suspicion of culpable homicide, the AP reports. Modi has promised payments of around $3,000 to the next of kin of deceased victims and $775 to those badly injured. (Read more India stories.)

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